You won’t need air conditioning. Cool mountain breezes will clear your mind, give you more energy and provide you with inspiration to live your life to its fullest. A simple walk on a quiet mountain path beside a clear stream will allow your mind to wander, instead of being constantly crowded. The view from a mountain peak will inspire a vision of what you want your life to be.
Vision moves us more efficiently than willpower. Engage in an activity that creates a Peak Experience. To quote Abraham Maslow, the terms inventor, “Human beings do not realize the extent to which their own sense of defeat prevents them from doing things they could do perfectly well. The Peak Experience induces the recognition that your own powers are far greater than you imagined them.”
When was the last time you got that out of a vacation? AMH features mountain vacations that have a large variety of activities set in stunning surroundings. Hiking requires no special skills here, just a trusty pair of boots, a daypack and a few essentials, a good recommended trail and some specific rules to heed that we provide and you are off on a solitary trip of reflection, a romantic walk among wildflowers and beautiful views or, for the family, a great day of discovery of the natural world outside.
Most of our destinations are surrounded by National Forest lands with easy accessibility.
Non-technical climbing and hiking
The essence of the Peak Experience. The challenge of the climb, the feeling of accomplishment and the bliss of a reward of a view from the top. Many climbs just require a good level of fitness, the right gear and some valuable knowledge such as being off the summit by the end of morning to avoid storms.
In many cases our customers are unfamiliar with the area and would like to have a guide to select the right trail for them, to show them the best of what the area has to offer be it views, navigation between points and in most cases to learn more about the area. The cost of a guide is well worth it. You can relax and not have to worry about route finding, you will know what to expect and the guide can impart their knowledge of everything you are seeing. Additionally, they are a great resource to find out more about the destination; which restaurants to dine in, additional things to do and in a lot of cases you have an inside track when you visit places the guide recommends by saying, “Hi, my guide told me this is a great place and to tell you he said he sent me”. Then you have an instant connection and usually more of a special experience.
On some climbs it’s best to have to company of a guide. If you are climbing to high altitudes, in places where there are technical pitches or exposure, you will need a guide. Where and when we can, our mountaineering guides are certified AMGA guides. These individuals are known for their great personality, emphasis on safety, teaching skills and reaching client goals.
Fly fishing and drift boat fishing
Gold medal rated streams surround our destination towns. In addition to the great fishing, our outfitters offer expert instruction and access to the best water in picture book settings that bring out the essence of fishing with a fly rod. In select areas we offer some drift boat excusions that allow you to enjoy the scenery of long stretches of water with views that change around every corner.
This is a great way to take in the feeling of the mountains. You will enjoy the rush of the rapids and the tranquility provided by the stretches of flat water while you are surrounded by towering peaks. Our river companies are carefully selected for their knowledge and safely records and most have at least 10 years of experience on the rivers they guide on.
A few simple skills are picked up in the orientation along with the safely procedures and you are ready to go. Our outfitters provide flotation and wetsuits and you provide some paddle power when needed. A Peak Experience awaits on the water.
In the mountains this means great scenery, challenging climbs and thrilling descents. By road bike there are some wonderful roads that can take you from café to café or even village to village. AMH can find the bike and the route that is right for you. We have fully supported tours or we can work out a ‘ride list’ if you want to base in one of our great destinations.
You can mix it up with mountain biking. Most destonations have ‘on mountain’ biking with ski lift access for you and your ride or take the map of trails and head out for the day. We can work to arrange the right trails for your level of fitness and get you hooked in with the right shop and bike.
Our mountain towns and villages all have world class accommodations at a great value and unique restaurants that provide nourishment for body and mind. There are outdoor activities for kids to teach them the benefits of being outdoors and provide strong memories that will serve them into adult life.
Adults can also golf and enjoy spa facilities; music festivals, art expositionsand the many events held in our mountain destinations.